Local events celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Monday, January 17, 2022
Honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with several events happening around our area.

*Editor's note: Some of these events may have been delayed or canceled due to inclement weather. Please check with event organizers.

January 12 - 17

Dreamfest, Cary

The Town of Cary's annual MLK Celebration includes presentations, films, performances, and more. The observance concludes with a MLK Day of Service community workday on January 17.

January 15

MLK Unity March & Prayer Rally, Apex

Prayer begins at 8 am at the Apex First Baptist Church. The march begins at 9 am.

January 16

University/Community MLK Memorial Banquet, Chapel Hill

UNC presents this annual event with keynote speaker Elmira Mangum, Ph.D. This is a virtual event beginning at 6 pm. Tickets sales go to support student scholarships.

How Long Must We Wait? Striving for the Beloved Community, Durham

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, a professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, will deliver the keynote address for Duke University's annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration at 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

January 17

42nd Annual Triangle Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Prayer Breakfast, online

This virtual event begins at 8 am with keynote speaker Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie.

MLK Brunch and Youth Extravaganza, Fayetteville

The Crown Complex presents a day of music, art, and performances beginning at 10 am. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

MLK Jr. Day Mass, Raleigh

The Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral will hold its annual Mass commemorating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King beginning at 10 am.

MLK March, Fuquay-Varina

The March begins at the St. Augusta Missionary Baptist Church at 10:15 am and concludes at Falcon Park. A celebration will immediately follow.

Martin Luther King Day Virtual Celebration 2022, online

Hosted by the Chapel Hill - Carrboro NAACP, the celebration begins at 11 am. This is a free virtual event streaming on their YouTube channel.

42nd Annual Martin Luther King Noon Observation, online

This is a virtual event beginning at 12 pm featuring a panel discussion entitled "Beloved Community: Here and Now."

Unity Walk, Durham

Occurring on the campus of Duke University, the Walk begins at 12 pm at the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture.

King Day: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday, Raleigh

John Chavis Memorial Park presents a showcase of Dr. King's work, arts and crafts for children, and food trucks on site from 12 pm - 3 pm.

Book Harvest Dream Big MLK Day Book Drive and Community Celebration, Durham

This annual event takes place at Durham Central Park at 1 pm. The event includes a drive-through for free books and outdoor booths with community favorites including free popcorn from Mad Popper; The Poetry Fox; Wool E. Bull; Scrap Exchange; Mr. A's Beignets, and MORE!. ABC11 is a proud sponsor of the event.

42nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Evening Musical Celebration, online

The daylong observance presented by the Triangle Martin Luther King Jr. Committee concludes with a musical celebration hosted by ABC11 Morning Anchor John Clark.

January 18

MLK Teach-In: On Breaking the Silence, online

Hosted by NC State University, this is a virtual lecture using authentic storytelling to explore ways students and others can engage in grassroots organizing and activism. Pre-registration is required. This free event begins at 6 pm.

January 19

MLK Pop-Up Exhibit, Raleigh

Presented by the African American Cultural Center at NC State University, attendees will witness the impact of King's legacy at the university. The exhibit runs from 12 pm - 2 pm.

February 5

NC MLK Black History Month Parade and Block Party, Durham

This annual event kicks off at 12pm along Fayetteville Street. Mayor Elaine O'Neal is the Grand Marshal. The Block Party features music, food trucks, bounce houses, face painting, and more on Burlington Avenue.